Saturday, July 17, 2010

Meeting the Superhero In-Laws

A short film shooting this month in Lubbock, Texas takes the basic premise of Hancock one goofy low-budget step further.

Entitled Alike in Dignity: A Super Love Story, it wonders what might happen when a male superhero and female super villain planning on tying the knot get down to that phase of the relationship for which no super power is arguably sufficient: meeting each other's prospective new relatives. (Given the story line, the title is presumably a pun for "Alike Indignity".)

Writer Tim Kuhn, editor-cameraman-producer Daniel W. Ballard and director Daniel P. Ballard (no relation!) were able to raise $3,000 in June via The project is actually one of several Texas Tech alum Ballard (W) is planning to use to earn an online Master's Degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

It's a brave new world out there. In today's DIY universe, you can post a story meeting and impromptu rehearsal video on YouTube that doubles as a promo for your short film. Minus of course the costumes that are still to be funded; instead, players in this footage sport tank tops magic-marker-ed with "Costume 1", "Costume 2" and so on.

The rest of the Kickstarter funds went towards a Canon XH-A1 HD camera. Along with two other Academy of Art thesis shorts, Nightmares and Queens of West Texas, Ballard (W) is also planning a 2011 full-length feature entitled Spontaneous Human Combustion.

[Daniel W. Ballard]

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